Note: This is the last in a series profiling students in their last year of the MFA program at New Mexico State. To see the other students profiled, click on the 3rd year students label at the bottom of this post.
Carrie Murphy is finishing her last year as an MFA student in Poetry at New Mexico State University, where she works as the La Sociedad Para Las Artes Reading Coordinator and and as a graduate assistant. During her first year in Las Cruces, she worked as an adjunct instructor at Dona Ana Community College.
Carrie grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she majored in English and minored in Jewish Studies. Her other academic interests include feminism, Latin American literature, and girlhood studies. Her non-academic interests include cooking, live music, vintage clothing, becoming fluent in Spanish, photography, and hiking in the desert. She blogs with fellow NMSU poet Robert Alan Wendeborn at Master of Fine Eats, a blog about eating well in graduate school.
She's currently at work on her thesis, which explores gender performance within the landscape of girlhood. Carrie's poems have appeared in PANK, WTF PWM, Prick of the Spindle, Corium, and Keyhole 9.
After graduation, Carrie would like to continue teaching writing, and is considering becoming a birth and postpartum doula. She will have her public reading on April 1st, 2011, with Jacqueline Osherow.